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13 Delicious Pancake Recipes You Need to Try Right Now

Whether you go for sweet or savory, pancakes are delicious no matter how you flip ‘em.
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According to a study, only 7% of people in the U.S. dislike pancakes. That means 93% of Americans like to dig into a warm stack of this breakfast staple from time to time—and we can understand why. Whether served piled high with butter and syrup or prepared as a savory dish with sauteed vegetables, pancakes are one of the ultimate comfort foods.

To help commemorate National Pancake Day (September 26), we put together some different ways you can prepare your next batch of pancakes. From recipes that offer vegan substitutions to others that incorporate inventive ingredients (such as ricotta cheese), here are some of the best pancakes that you can make right at home. Plus, don't forget to check out our list of the best places to get pancakes in every state!

Banana Pancakes

Healthy banana pancakes
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This recipe uses protein-packed ingredients, such as cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, and white whole wheat flour to create banana pancakes that pack more of a punch. Tip: If you would like to forgo store-bought syrup, which is oftentimes filled with sugar and other additives, you can instead opt to make a simple fruit compote topping using frozen fruit.

Get our recipe for Banana Pancakes.

Oatmeal Pancakes with Cinnamon Apples

Oatmeal pancakes with cinnamon apples
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Oatmeal doesn't just taste great served in a bowl but is delicious mixed into pancakes as well. Flavored with nutmeg and cinnamon, and smothered in a sauteed Granny Smith apple topping, this pancake recipe will have you looking forward to early mornings.

Get our recipe for Oatmeal Pancakes with Cinnamon Apples.

Copycat Cracker Barrel Pancakes

Copycat cracker barrel pancake recipe for breakfast with butter and syrup
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

If you ever have had Cracker Barrel, the popular restaurant that is a must-try during any long car ride, then you know they have great food. This copycat recipe helps you recreate their famous pancakes right in the comfort of your own home. Here are some other copycat restaurant recipes to try this weekend.

Get our recipe for Copycat Cracker Barrel Pancakes.

Protein Pancakes

protein pancakes with peanut butter and blackberries on a white plate
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

If you need an easy way to add more protein into your diet then try out our recipe for a delicious stack of tasty protein pancakes. This specific recipe has at least 20 to 30 grams of protein alone, making it a perfect way to fuel your day and keep you full.

Get our recipe for Protein Pancakes.

Plant-Based Pancakes with Cashew Butter

whole grain plant based pancake stack
Carlene Thomas/Eat This, Not That!

This vegan recipe subs out dairy with plant-based favorites, such as unsweetened hemp milk and cashew butter, to create pancakes that may just become your new favorite. Make sure to top with fresh berries and a drizzle of honey before serving for an added hint of sweetness.

Get our recipe for Plant-Based Pancakes with Cashew Butter.

Lemon Poppyseed Multigrain Pancakes

lemon poppy seed pancakes with blueberry compote on white plate with fork, spoon, blue cloth napkin
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Say goodbye to boring pancakes with this mouthwatering recipe that combines unexpected flavors, such as lemon, poppyseed, and brown sugar. Not only are these pancakes flavorful, but they are also healthy — blueberries, flaxseeds, and oats all help to add some extra antioxidants and fiber to an already health-packed meal. (Speaking of fiber, are you eating enough? Here are some dangerous signs you might not be!)

Get our recipe for Lemon Poppyseed Multigrain Pancakes.

Fluffy Keto Pancakes

keto pancakes
Beth Lipton/ Eat This, Not That!

If you love fluffy pancakes then this recipe is the one for you. Featuring ingredients such as avocado oil, coconut cream, almond flour, and cider vinegar, this easy-to-follow recipe makes some of the lightest, airiest pancakes around. Did we mention they are also perfect for those following a keto diet? Score! If you're looking for more keto products, we've rounded up the top new keto items at Costco.

Get our recipe for Fluffy Keto Pancakes.

Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Healthy blueberry pancakes
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This recipe proves that ricotta cheese isn't just for pasta dishes but for pancakes, too. Make sure to not skip out on preparing the warm blueberry topping — it can be made with just three ingredients and adds a ton of lip-smackingly good flavor to the dish. Plus, blueberries are insanely good for you, here are some secret effects of eating them.

Get our recipe for Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes.

Japanese-Inspired Egg Pancakes With Spinach and Green Onions

japanese egg pancakes spinach green onions
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

These delicate pancakes, which are made using eggs and vegetable oil, are stuffed with a savory filling made from baby spinach, daikon radish, and garlic. Be sure to top it with a microgreens salad dressed in a shiitake-sesame vinaigrette for the full effect. If you're trying out other egg recipes, be sure to brush up on the most common mistakes people make when cooking them.

Get our recipe for Japanese-Inspired Egg Pancakes.

Funfetti Pancakes

Courtesy Taste and Tell

Funfetti cake mix, which is most closely associated with DIY cakes and cupcakes, makes an appearance in this pancake recipe which is perfect to serve during birthday breakfasts. Its secret? Instead of syrup, these pancakes are topped with homemade vanilla icing and rainbow sprinkles. (In case you're curious, this is the real difference between white, yellow, and vanilla cake.)

Get the recipe for Funfetti Pancakes from Taste and Tell Blog.

Carrot Cake Pancakes

Courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen

This recipe for carrot cake pancakes is an absolute dream come true. Not only are they delicious, but they also are gluten-free and dairy-free. Packed with healthy ingredients, such as unsweetened applesauce, almond milk, shredded carrots, and rolled oats, this recipe is one that the whole family will enjoy.

Get the recipe for Carrot Cake Pancakes from Ambitious Kitchen.

Savory Chickpea Pancakes

Courtesy Minimalist Baker

Made from a simple mixture of chickpea flour, warm water, and salt, these pancakes are stuffed with an herby mixture of sauteed mushrooms and leeks, making it a delectable meal. These pancakes prove that you can easily enjoy them during any time of the day.

Get the recipe for Savory Chickpea Pancakes for the Minimalist Baker.

Pineapple Buckwheat Pancakes

Courtesy of Running to the Kitchen

Pineapples in pancakes? Sign us up! Sweet pineapple rings take center stage in this innovative pancake recipe that incorporates bright tropical flavors into it. Hint: If you don't have time to cut and core a pineapple yourself, you can always use store-bought "no sugar added" canned pineapple rings. Plus, here are some secret side effects of eating pineapples. 

Get the recipe for Pineapple Buckwheat Pancakes from Running to the Kitchen.

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